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Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive  

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The Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI with Scrambler Overdrive is a true Ampeg preamp, delivering a wide range of Ampeg tone perfect for the stage. The classic Ampeg EQ offers additional tonal control including Ul... Read More

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The Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI with Scrambler Overdrive is a true Ampeg preamp, delivering a wide range of Ampeg tone perfect for the stage. The classic Ampeg EQ offers additional tonal control including Ultra-Hi and Ultra-Lo tone shaping. Plus, you can dial in tube-like grind with the all-new Bass Scrambler overdrive. The SCR-DI has all the connections to get Ampeg tone out of any rig and send it all to front-of-house to ensure the audience hears your tone. With a built-in headphone out and aux in for practicing along with backing tracks, the SCR-DI is also a fantastic practice tool that can fit right into your gig bag.

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AmpegSCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Portable (7)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Excellent sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent bass DI pedal w/ Scrambler unit

GC web site messed up my review. This is the short version. The pedal is excellent. Superior tone, awesome crunch distortion, heavy duty tank-like build quality. I don't own a bass...Read complete review

GC web site messed up my review. This is the short version. The pedal is excellent. Superior tone, awesome crunch distortion, heavy duty tank-like build quality. I don't own a bass amp, and now I don't need to. I use this pedal XLR-to-interface for recording. Wouldn't think twice about bringing it to a gig and directly plugging into the house PA. The DI itself is great, nice, clean tone (I use a 12V DC power supply for a little extra head room). The EQ portion (switchable) is good, nicely laid out and very functional. Easy to use and read dials. The Scrambler unit is perfect. Nice crunchy distortion. I use the Blend knob about 1/2 which mixes the distortion and DI sound about 50/50. This way when I enable the Scrambler I don't lose tone - the bottom end stays solid while the top end crunches up. Sounds AWESOME. You can get wild with the knobs but I keep the distortion 3/4 and the blend 1/2 and I get a sweet crunchy sound when enabled. I use the EQ portion for volume boost into my interface for recording. I don't use the Ultra Hi or Low buttons. The Hi adds 'something' but I can't hear it. The low removes a little low-mids and boosts about 40Hz. For my style of rock it doesn't make any tone difference so I leave them both off.
I really appreciate the XLR output (has 1/4" line out as well) with ground lift. I don't use the Aux input. The LEDs on the pedal are quite bright, you'll definitely see them. Overall build quality is top-of-the-line. This pedal will take a beating and keep on rocking. Mine did not come with a power supply since I bought it open-box, I don't know if a new one does. I used an aftermarket 12v supply (unit supports 9-12v DC). The only Cons I will nit pick about: Dials are very light - brushing them with your hand will change them. Also, I'd like a non-EQ volume control as well. As it is you need to engage the EQ to use the volume control. This is a must-have Ampeg Bass DI. If it were to break I'd buy another ASAP.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's just another pedal

Used it for gigs a few times. It's great and powerful as it provides a lot of extra low end. However, it does affect the sound as the warm sound of the original...Read complete review

Used it for gigs a few times. It's great and powerful as it provides a lot of extra low end. However, it does affect the sound as the warm sound of the original amp is gone. The battery life is horrible and lasted 1 gig, and the unit should be used using an adapter. The unit made a very loud screeching noise due to the battery draining.

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5.0

Yes I would

By Bass man

from Warren tx

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

    Well one of the best sounding practice tools and easy to use

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    5.0

    SCR DI

    By FC

    from Ionia,MI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

      The scrambler function seems almost useless to, more of a booster with a slight color of sound. I bought this item as we run DI w/o amps and I wanted to be able to tweak my sound independent of the board. We will see how it works.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent bass DI pedal w/ Scrambler unit

      By DS

      from Hooksett NH

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

          GC web site messed up my review. This is the short version. The pedal is excellent. Superior tone, awesome crunch distortion, heavy duty tank-like build quality. I don't own a bass amp, and now I don't need to. I use this pedal XLR-to-interface for recording. Wouldn't think twice about bringing it to a gig and directly plugging into the house PA. The DI itself is great, nice, clean tone (I use a 12V DC power supply for a little extra head room). The EQ portion (switchable) is good, nicely laid out and very functional. Easy to use and read dials. The Scrambler unit is perfect. Nice crunchy distortion. I use the Blend knob about 1/2 which mixes the distortion and DI sound about 50/50. This way when I enable the Scrambler I don't lose tone - the bottom end stays solid while the top end crunches up. Sounds AWESOME. You can get wild with the knobs but I keep the distortion 3/4 and the blend 1/2 and I get a sweet crunchy sound when enabled. I use the EQ portion for volume boost into my interface for recording. I don't use the Ultra Hi or Low buttons. The Hi adds 'something' but I can't hear it. The low removes a little low-mids and boosts about 40Hz. For my style of rock it doesn't make any tone difference so I leave them both off.
          I really appreciate the XLR output (has 1/4" line out as well) with ground lift. I don't use the Aux input. The LEDs on the pedal are quite bright, you'll definitely see them. Overall build quality is top-of-the-line. This pedal will take a beating and keep on rocking. Mine did not come with a power supply since I bought it open-box, I don't know if a new one does. I used an aftermarket 12v supply (unit supports 9-12v DC). The only Cons I will nit pick about: Dials are very light - brushing them with your hand will change them. Also, I'd like a non-EQ volume control as well. As it is you need to engage the EQ to use the volume control. This is a must-have Ampeg Bass DI. If it were to break I'd buy another ASAP.

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          4.0

          PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE BASS PLAYER

          By Double G

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • got it to get Pink Floyd recorded tones
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

            Love it
            It did just what I wanted it to do
            Pink Floyd with my P bass flat 77's and my SCR DI
            And wallah yay AMPEG

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Close your eyes, and it sounds just like an Ampeg!

            By Uglykideric

            from Portland Oregon

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

              Great ampeg sound with both 4 and 5 string basses. Has both flip top and SVT tones. Scrambler channel true bass overdrive, very versatile.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Must Have for Ampeg tone enthusiasts

              By C Kick

              from Chicago

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Versitile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

                This is a great tool for bassists because of it's range of uses. It is a great EQ pedal that provides classic ampeg tone. It is a scrambler distortion pedal and it is a d.i. for recording, performing, and practicing. without a Rig or for sending your great Ampeg tone to a board. Built sturdy and fits on a gig bag. Looks cool on the pedal board and sounds amazing no matter what tone you choose. Really impressed.

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                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Middle of the road

                By Sandman UT

                from Salt Lake City

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Aux Input
                • Headphone Jack
                • Tone Shaping

                Cons

                • Dip Switch Inside For Db
                • Distortion Weak
                • No Tuner

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

                  Heavy, tank build with a few big misses. If you are one that will switch between active and passive basses, you're going to HATE the pin switching method buried inside the case to do this. (those that have been burning these up...be sure you know how that relates to your bass electronics!)

                  the headphone output and aux inputs are great for practicing, particularly with the aux level having it's own knob.

                  The main channel sound shaping and boost is very nice, the Scrambler channel, not so much. A small tuner would be useful.

                  Overall, it's a middling effort with some good uses, some bad ideas and still short of a couple of features that could make it great.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  It's just another pedal

                  By Bob

                  from Syracuse, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • No Warmth Amp Sound
                  • Very Low Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Extra Low End
                  • Extra Mid Range
                  • Extra Treble
                  • Home Practice

                  Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

                  Used it for gigs a few times. It's great and powerful as it provides a lot of extra low end. However, it does affect the sound as the warm sound of the original amp is gone. The battery life is horrible and lasted 1 gig, and the unit should be used using an adapter. The unit made a very loud screeching noise due to the battery draining.

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                  5.0

                  Great tone and practice equipment!

                  By Jeff

                  from Fullerton, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • All In One Bass Gear

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All Gigs And Practice

                    Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

                    Great gear! Like an all in one army Swiss knife for bass players!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    True Vinatage Ampeg !!!

                    By Play4Him

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • No Compressor

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive:

                    First off, this thing is built like a tank. Solid as a rock. No sharp edges, has both a vintage and modern look to it.

                    Headphone and Aux in options are really nice. Great for late night playing in the home.

                    The moment I engaged it the tone difference was immediately noticeable. Very clear and high fidelity sounding. And unlike many preamp boxes that simply eq your instrument's sound, this unit colors the sound with Ampeg tone.

                    And speaking of that sound ... it's true Ampeg. Produces that nice fat, smooth, buttery tone Ampeg is known for. Perhaps lacks a bit in low midrange but that's based on my own personal preference. That's easily compensated by adjusting your bass or eq pedal.

                    The only negative I can think of is not having a compressor. If it did my rating would be 10.0.
                    As is my rating is 9.0.

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